Hi everyone, My first post so be gentle So we decided to get a puppy as its something we have always wanted and with current situation thought it would be the perfect time for our family as our son is 4 and just started reception and as I am now home after being made redundant and hubby is working at home. The enormity of it all is really hitting me! I appreciate everyone said it was like having another child but in reality its more than that. We got a King Charles Cavalier literally a few days ago and life has literally stopped. The nights havent been too bad to be fair. He wakes twice after he goes to bed for a pee and a poo and falls back asleep after about 30 mins. Before this, I had decided to launch my baking business and work from home whilst I looked for a job. I honestly thought that I could do this with a puppy as it would just run around or play. Starting a business involves a LOT of commitment which I am now realising I am not able to do with having a new puppy. There is far too much potential for cross contamination as our home does not have the space to put gates and have the pup in a separate part of the house whilst I bake and prepare goods. My husband has also realised that he cannot dedicate time during the day as he is busy with work. My son is at school all day and so this leaves me to handle the puppy which means I do not have the time to launch my business or do anything right now. I have not even had the energy to have a shower, thats how much it is like having a baby!!I regret getting the puppy massively and the magnitude of the commitment needed to have a puppy has hit us and we wonder whether we have got the timing wrong. With a 2nd lockdown on its way ( we have been given the heads up by school) the thought of trying to start and run a business, homeschool AND look after a puppy is too much. I also suffer from Fibromyalgia so this will all take a toll on my health when the original thinking was that it could be healing for my condition. Perhaps in a few years when our son is settled in school a little older so can help more, my business is established and hopefully in a bigger home? Yes its a bit of puppy blues but some is also being realistic and fair to the puppy as we have little time to dedicate right now. Any advice would be appreciated!